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Hi I've started a new thread from my old one: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/sow-behaviour-chasing.128566/ and looking for advice on how to house my three year old guinea pigs, now that we know it's a behavioral problem rather than one of my guinea pigs having ovarian cysts .

Basically...My guinea pig Olive became ill, and as a result Rosie has been trying to assert her dominance through aggressive chasing and nips. They were separated due to Olive's illness but now she is recovered we are having problems trying to reintroduce them as it is non stop chasing, and Olive is obviously very distressed and stops eating. I have read quite a bit about how to reintroduce them, and wonder whether its worth giving them a bath together to mask their smells? I have read that's what you could do on introducing new guinea pigs, and the vet we visited said there is a possibility that Olive's scent has changed during her illness causing Rosie to recognise her as a new guinea pig. Only thing I'm not the most experienced guinea pig owner and have never given them a bath before, so don't know whether to try it?

But the main problem I have is housing. I am going on holiday in three days and they are going to be separated now for ten days, so I can imagine reintroducing will be even harder when I return. The vets suggested that I put them in a cage in which they can see each other but not interact. At the moment I have a cage indoors (which Olive is in at the moment) and a one level hutch outside (which Rosie is in). I have read that c and c cages are a good solution, but in the UK we don't even have coroplast, and I have no clue where I can get the components to set it up!

Has anyone got any suggestions how I could house them so they can be separate but see each other?
 

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We have correx in the UK :) you can google it, try ebay too, wickes apparently sell the same sort of stuff and there's also a company that sells "protecta boards/screens" although I think someone's came damaged the last time.

This is what I've done to separate a boar from 3 sows.

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Hi I've started a new thread from my old one: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/sow-behaviour-chasing.128566/ and looking for advice on how to house my three year old guinea pigs, now that we know it's a behavioral problem rather than one of my guinea pigs having ovarian cysts .

Basically...My guinea pig Olive became ill, and as a result Rosie has been trying to assert her dominance through aggressive chasing and nips. They were separated due to Olive's illness but now she is recovered we are having problems trying to reintroduce them as it is non stop chasing, and Olive is obviously very distressed and stops eating. I have read quite a bit about how to reintroduce them, and wonder whether its worth giving them a bath together to mask their smells? I have read that's what you could do on introducing new guinea pigs, and the vet we visited said there is a possibility that Olive's scent has changed during her illness causing Rosie to recognise her as a new guinea pig. Only thing I'm not the most experienced guinea pig owner and have never given them a bath before, so don't know whether to try it?

But the main problem I have is housing. I am going on holiday in three days and they are going to be separated now for ten days, so I can imagine reintroducing will be even harder when I return. The vets suggested that I put them in a cage in which they can see each other but not interact. At the moment I have a cage indoors (which Olive is in at the moment) and a one level hutch outside (which Rosie is in). I have read that c and c cages are a good solution, but in the UK we don't even have coroplast, and I have no clue where I can get the components to set it up!

Has anyone got any suggestions how I could house them so they can be separate but see each other?
Coroplast is called correx in the UK. You can buy it online, but also source in local sign making shops if you are pushed for time. you can find more information at the top of our housing section.
 

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Wow your cage looks amazing! It's so nicely done! Was it difficult to put together?

I tried to google some more about making a c and c cage, and it sounds like the place to get the grid part in the UK is B and Q? Is that where you got yours from?
Also it is possible to add the grids so they make a roof, because I have a cat who manages to sneak in their room all the time!

Sorry for all the questions, but thank you so much for the link and the picture!
 

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Nope I don't think B&Q do them any more.

My grids were £25 per box but they've pretty much doubled in price. You can get Safco ones from Wayfair, it depends on how many you need. You would also needs LOTS of cable ties!

http://www.wayfair.co.uk/Safco-Wire...1210266543-SAF1061&device=c&ptid=129731265383

Not really hard to make at all :)

Yeap you can add a roof too.

There are sites that sell C&C but I think they are a bit expensive, but I'll see if I can link them to you just to give you an idea. Actually I can't link one because it doesn't like the word g r e n d l e but if you google g r e n d l e enterprises the site should come up and here's another one

http://www.candcguineapigcages.co.uk/
 

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Nope I don't think B&Q do them any more.

My grids were £25 per box but they've pretty much doubled in price. You can get Safco ones from Wayfair, it depends on how many you need. You would also needs LOTS of cable ties!

http://www.wayfair.co.uk/Safco-Wire...1210266543-SAF1061&device=c&ptid=129731265383

Not really hard to make at all :)

Yeap you can add a roof too.

There are sites that sell C&C but I think they are a bit expensive, but I'll see if I can link them to you just to give you an idea. Actually I can't link one because it doesn't like the word g r e n d l e but if you google g r e n d l e enterprises the site should come up and here's another one

http://www.candcguineapigcages.co.uk/
Thank you very much for all the links! Especially the one with the ready made c and c cages, if the grids are pricey I might look into buying a c and c cage as it'll cost less than buying another indoor cage from a pet shop! :)
 

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They are never the right size anyway :(

I'll give you the cage size link as well just in case you want a rough idea of how big a cage you need :)

http://www.guineapigcages.com/
Yeah I was very wary about getting a cage from pet shop cage because of sizing when I got my guinea pigs, and the one I have is about nearly 2x3 so probably bordering on small. But I try make up for it by putting them in a run everyday (which I guess I'll now have to separate too :( )
How big do you have the area for your boar, is it the same size space as the part for the sows? It's difficult because I want them to have as much space as possible but I don't have anywhere that a large 2x6 c and c cage can go at home :(
I just am praying that they will finally get along these next few weeks!
 

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All piggies are in 2x5 apart Cesaro who is a lonesome piggie atm, the reason the boars are in 2x5 when theres only two is because I read they need a grid bigger.

Ermm.. hmm. Really they need 2x3 each... lets have a think. I suppose 2.5 would do as long as your letting them out in the run as you've said.

I feel sorry for people who don't have space, because they seem really upset that they can't give their guinea's the cage they'd like.

At least your trying to help them :)
 

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All piggies are in 2x5 apart Cesaro who is a lonesome piggie atm, the reason the boars are in 2x5 when theres only two is because I read they need a grid bigger.

Ermm.. hmm. Really they need 2x3 each... lets have a think. I suppose 2.5 would do as long as your letting them out in the run as you've said.

I feel sorry for people who don't have space, because they seem really upset that they can't give their guinea's the cage they'd like.

At least your trying to help them :)
Thanks so much for all your help, I really appreciate it :) ! And yeah it does make me sad as ideally they would be in a massive c and c cage but alas :( But luckily I have a mat laid down so they can go in the large run inside when it's wet or in winter, so at least they get a good run about everyday!
But I do think your suggestion is good though! I might buy the board from Wickes (which you helpfully gave me the link to :) ) and set up a 2x5 cage as a temporary arrangement whilst I try to build up to their reintroduction. Then hopefully (touchwood) I can put them back in the hutch together! :) If not looks like I'll be looking for another hutch!
 
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